Join Date: May 2013
Location: Finger Lakes, Upstate New York
Great sadness and a call for more pond safety planning
Although I love my pond, I always knew that there are dangers involved around water. When I designed it, I made sure there was no edge of the pond that was deep water and there were several sturdy pots that even a dog could use as stepping stones in case any animals went swimming. The weather this year has been rather crazy and we had a mid-winter thaw over the weekend. My cat has always had a love of running water and makes a visit to the pond part of his daily routine during warmer weather. With a small patch of open water, he was apparently drawn to it and fell through the ice to his death when he couldn't get back out. To those of you with ponds in areas that freeze, we need to consider how to lessen the risk to our furry pets. I know I will never put a bubbler in the middle of the pond again and have moved it to be next to a ledge but I still don't know if that is doing enough to prevent something like this from happening.